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  • Like a Dribbling Fram! Dylan wins Nobel Prize for Literature!

    We are never going to hear the end of this.

    'for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition'

    Assuredly so.

    I've listened to a lot of Dylan and seen him live... but rarely now.

    Is it conceivable that a lyricist from another musical tradition would receive the award? They almost certainly won't now!!
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    "Bollocks"
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      "Bollocks"
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          Publishing my lyrics separately from their musical accompaniment is something that I've studiously avoided until now. The two, lyrics and music, have always been mutually dependent, in much the same way as a mannequin and a set of clothes are dependent on each other; separate them, and what remains is a naked dummy and a pile of cloth. Nevertheless, the exercise has been an interesting one, seeing, perhaps for the first time, how successfully the lyrics survive on their own and inviting the question as to whether song lyrics are in fact poetry or something else entirely. And while I've never seriously described myself as a poet, the book in your hands, devoid as it is of any musical notation, looks suspiciously like a book of poems.

          So it seems I am entering, with some trepidation, the unadorned realm of the poet. I have set out my compositions in the sequence they were written and provided a little background when I thought it might be illuminating. My wares have neither been sorted nor dressed in clothes that do not belong to them; indeed, they have been shorn of the very garments that gave them their shape in the first place. No doubt some of them will perish in the cold cruelty of this new environment, and yet others may prove more resilient and become perhaps more beautiful in their naked state. I can't predict the outcome, but I have taken this risk knowingly and, while no one in their right mind should ever attempt to set "The Waste Land" to music, in the hopeful words of T. S. Eliot, “These fragments I have shored against my ruins.

          —Sting

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            Is there a Nobel prize for 'Massive Bell End'? If so I nominate Sting for that synopsis of his book. The man's taken a huge risk there, its as he alludes it's like running around a busy shopping center starkers. He's bared his soul, take away the cod reggae backing music and he's metaphorically naked. I take it back he's a brave man for releasing such a noble prose.

            I also feel calm he has added some 'background when needed' I don't think I could handle it otherwise. In fact I'd probably studiously avoid it.
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              That blurb leads to the inevitable question: I presume someone has set The Waste Land to music? Any recommendations?
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              • #8
                Blimey, those Nobel people are really 'down with the kids' aren't they? In the same spirit I heard Dylan's lyrics being recited on Radio 4 earlier today....

                ...by Nigel Havers....

                Can't wait for his take on the lyrical magnificence of 'De Doo Doo Doo, De Da Da Da'...
                you can hear colours when they rhyme...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Little Jimmy Oddman View Post
                  That blurb leads to the inevitable question: I presume someone has set The Waste Land to music? Any recommendations?
                  I can't recommend it, but I know Anthony Burgess had a crack at it

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                    Possibly the most unexpected musical adaptation of a 'literary' work I know of is Elisabeth Lutyens' setting of Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.



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                    • #11
                      If I think of 'Roxanne' in poem form I cant help but here it spoken by William Shatner in my head or Gandalf doing 'I Cant stop Losing You'. I've been doing this since Sonovox posted that book!

                      Sue Lawley would of course have to read 'So Lonely' though its meant to be.
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                      • #12
                        I have the same thing with 'Metal Guru' and James Mason.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Sonovox View Post
                          I have the same thing with 'Metal Guru' and James Mason.
                          Perhaps this is more common than we realised - only yesterday I was singing 'True Colors' in my best 'cute' Eric Cartman voice;

                          'Beautiful....like a rainbow...'
                          you can hear colours when they rhyme...

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                            No doubt some of them will perish in the cold cruelty of this new environment, and yet others may prove more resilient and become perhaps more beautiful in their naked state.

                            Vardy.....¡¡¡PELIGRO!!!

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                              As for the Dylan Nobel prize, I think it's a good choice, even though I hardly know any Dylan.
                              My geography teacher Mr Warren will be overjoyed, as will my French teacher Mr Nelson. Miss Walker who taught science also liked a bit of Dylan.I doubt any of them are as keen on Patrick Modiano or Wislawa Szymborska.
                              I'm a firm believer that poetry is song, and the American song tradition is every bit as strong as it's literary tradition. Of course other lyricists deserve recognition, but so do tons of poets, novelists and playwrights. Mind you, all the other lyricists i can think of who deserve it are dead or definitely not Nobel material.
                              Vardy.....¡¡¡PELIGRO!!!

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